M. K. Alagiri
|M. K. Alagiri|
|Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers|
13 June 2009 - 20 March 2013
|Preceded by||Ram Vilas Paswan|
January 30, 1951 |
|Political party||Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam|
|As of June 13, 2009|
Muthuvel Karunanidhi Azhagiri, commonly known as M. K. Alagiri, is an Indian politician and a Cabinet Minister. He is the second son of the head of Dravida Munnetra Kazagham, Karunanidhi. His mother Dayaalu Ammal is the second wife of Karunanidhi. His son is the film producer, Dayanidhi Azhagiri.
Although he harbored hopes of eventual accession to the post of President, Karunanidhi always appeared to prefer his younger son, M. K. Stalin, a former mayor of Chennai and the Ex - Deputy Chief minister of Tamil Nadu. In fact, in 2000, orders went out that party members should 'distance' themselves from Azhagiri.
Following clashes between the supporters of M. K. Stalin and M. K. Alagiri, he was sent to manage the party in the southern districts of Tamil Nadu from Madurai, while M. K. Stalin was retained in Chennai to manage the party in the northern districts. M. K. Azhagiri, was acquitted along with 12 others on Thursday, by a sessions court of Chittor, Andrapradesh, in a case relating to the murder of a former DMK minister for want of reliable evidence.
The succession crisis came out into the open when party members loyal to Alagiri attacked the Madurai office of Dinakaran and set it to fire, in which three staffs were burnt. Dinakaran is a part of the Sun TV group owned by Kalanidhi Maran. He is also accused of conspiring in the murder of the former DMK Minister, T. Kiruttinan. Also, according to secret cables revealed by Wikileaks through The Hindu, he gave away ₨ 5,000 as a bribe to each voter through the morning newspaper in the January 2009 Assembly by-election at Thirumangalam and around ₨ 500 per voter in the 2009 Parliamentary elections.
He was accused as the main conspirator in the murder of the former Highways Minister, `Pasumpon' T. Kiruttinan, in 2003. But he was later acquitted cause the prosecution was unable to prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Land grab case 
In 2011, a series of land grab cases were filed against Alagiri's close associates and several of them have been arrested. News outlets and the present government have accused Alagiri and his family of complicity in a number of land grab cases.
- Tehelka - The People's Paper
- DNA - India - Sun Network accuses Alagiri as being main culprit in Dinakaran attack! - Daily News & Analysis
- "The Hindu : Magistrate extends judicial custody for Azhagiri". Hinduonnet.com. 2003-07-31. Retrieved 2011-01-05.
- Hiddleston, Sarah (2011-03-16). "The Hindu : ‘Cash for votes a way of political life in South India’". Chennai, India: thehindu.com. Retrieved 2011-03-29.
- "4 DMK men held, Azhagiri role confirmed". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 2003-05-28.
- "Azhagiri acquitted in Kiruttinan murder case".
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